I recently started working for VendAsta. When I told people about accepting their job offer, the immediate response was always some form of congratulations. This was always off putting for me because without context, getting a new job isn’t something that I think should be celebrated.
When someone is forced to take a job because they need the income it’s rarely a cause for celebration. I’m not sure where the joy is in having to spend roughly half of one’s waking hours doing something that they despise or has no meaning. It wouldn’t surprise me if a large portion of family/relationship problems stem from having to work such undesirable jobs. I imagine having to be somewhere you don’t want to be, doing things you don’t want to do could get pretty frustrating. Being in a position where you need the job you are unable to take your frustration out on your boss and coworkers so it probably gets bottled up until you get home.
Sure, this might be overly bleak and not the typical situation but I think it’s pretty common. I’m sure in my lifetime I’ve unthinkingly wished many people congratulations as they entered into similar situations. Maybe working at a crappy job isn’t as bad as I think though. Maybe people can deal with it better than I described. I just think I’d struggle with it. I’m lucky, I’ve enjoyed all the different jobs and coworkers that I’ve had so far (well, except one but that’s a story for another day).
I didn’t have to take a job with VendAsta. I accepted the job because I wanted to work for them. Among other things, they think big, they’re smart, and I get to be surrounded by brilliant people, which allows me to be constantly learning new things. Many people associate “choosing yourself” and “picking yourself” with not working for a company. I think it’s important to remember that while it is sometimes a part of it, that’s not what it’s all about. At its core, I believe it’s about being able live life on your own terms. While there are still a few things in my life that I would change, I feel like I’m on the right path.
I wake up everyday excited and inspired to do the work I get to do. This inspiration and excitement bleeds through into all other parts of my life. It helps make everything I do better. I’m growing every day. I’m lucky. I thank you for all the congratulations and best wishes, but please, before wishing the same to the next person who you hear has a new job, think about it. Do they really want to be congratulated?